‘Carmen Woods’ is my luxury leather handbag label. I create designs that are beautiful, interesting and wearable, with a true artisan identity. My designs are made in UK for a fair price and they are classic, well made designs that will last for years and even improve with age.
My label reflects on the time I spent in Ravenna, Italy, working as a fashion designer. I drew inspiration from the intricate Byzantine mosaics, which covered the city’s buildings and walkways, eventually using patch work and pleating techniques to express this through my designs. In addition to creating interesting designs, it is important to maintain high quality. I make sure that every piece is made using the finest Italian leather and only the very best materials such as Swiss zips and strong nickel fittings. This ensures that every bag is durable and an investment piece, looking better and better over time. My beautiful boutique is based in an original Art Deco building, situated amongst the quirky and charming shops on the Essex coastline of Leigh-on-Sea.
Career history / Company history:
I worked in Italy as a fashion designer for three years after completing my BA(HONS) in Fashion with Textiles at Ravensbourne College of Design. I returned to England to begin experimenting and researching in order to start my own label. I launched my luxury accessories label 'Carmen Woods' in 2008 and now have a flagship boutique and am stocked in UK and Canada. I am looking to start another label within the ethical clothing sector by the end of the year and am currently researching and developing my new range.
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